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Submission + - BlackBerry hands over user data to help police 'kick ass,' insider says (www.cbc.ca)

Dr Caleb writes: A specialized unit inside mobile firm BlackBerry has for years enthusiastically helped intercept user data â" including BBM messages â" to help in hundreds of police investigations in dozens of countries, a CBC News investigation reveals.

CBC News has gained a rare glimpse inside the struggling smartphone maker's Public Safety Operations team, which at one point numbered 15 people, and has long kept its handling of warrants and police requests for taps on user information confidential.

Comment Re:MakeMKV (Score 2) 193

MakeMKV is free and not time-limited for DVDs, but costs money and has a time-limited demo available for Blu-rays.

MakeMKV contains both freeware and shareware functionality. You may use MakeMKV to convert or stream DVD and AVCHD discs for free, as much as you want. Converting or streaming Blu-ray discs is shareware functionality. You can use shareware functionality for free during 30-days trial period. If you like MakeMKV and you want to use it after your 30-days trial version expires, you need to purchase a registration key.

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Comment Re:There is only one goal (Score 1) 555

So if the officer went out without a loaded mag it'd be their fault, but we'll blame the gun manufacturer when the cop fails to charge the fucking battery.

Magazine does not unload by itself, that requires a trigger press or manually removing the cartridges. Unless the LEO is at the firing range or in an active shooting situation that magazine will be loaded today, tomorrow, next year, 50 years from now.

Ever had a phone or other device that could not keep a charge? The battery will discharge on its own over time and statistically, at some point, an LEO somewhere will get shot and the suspect will get away. Then comes the bad press for this unnecessary technology.

Comment Re:I doubt this (Score 1) 164

This must have a lot of false positives.

True, especially for projects where the maintainers care about style and ensure code in pull requests conforms to project guidelines. Note: this is not about formatting, where to put braces, etc. which is information lost during compilation. I am talking about naming (which may be preserved in debugging symbols), code structures, etc. which may be partially or fully preserved.

I'd be surprised if this works at all, but sure it would sell some product and get a few grants.

Me too. Mostly because compiled code is likely optimized, rearranged, and information is lost during compilation anyway. Five people could write the same block of code slightly differently, and a compiler could compile it to the same machine-/byte-/whatever-code. How do you tell which of the five wrote it? Most likely, you do not.

Comment Re:Gassholes (Score 1) 735

Troll harder, you haven't mastered it yet.

Vegetables don't release 200 - 500 litres of methane a day. And why feed 20 calories of grains to a chicken to get 1 calorie of meat, when you can just eat the grain? Then you have 20 times more land to produce food for people, and we can stop clearcutting a major carbon sink like the rainforest and keep that carbon in place too.

Reality sucks, don't it? ;)

Comment Re:Let the Public Decide (Score 1) 439

What? Stealership service departments are terrible. Warranty work only.

I take my car to a dealership for service sometimes and they will do anything I ask them to, from oil change to major repairs. Prices are competitive, too. For something like tires they will not be as competitive as, say, NTB who has a better selection and heavily pushes rebates and sales, but I have had a good experience for a lot of things.

Comment Re:sTEM (Score 2) 219

"Computer Science" doesn't use the scientific method, it uses proofs. That makes it a branch of mathematics.

The foundations of Computer Science are in mathematics, but there is a lot of science, too, at the PhD level.

The way that most of us use CS it is a lot more mathematical: writing programs that use math and run on a CPU, a machine that rigidly follows rules.

If you look at the doctoral, theoretical level, the scientific method does come into play a lot. Think about applications such as modeling weather, complex networks, or AI. The idea of "make a hypothesis and test it" is quite prevalent in the research in the ACM journals, for example.

Submission + - Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980s 2

schwit1 writes: A new study finds that people today who eat and exercise the same amount as people 20 years ago are still fatter.

A study published recently in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice found that it's harder for adults today to maintain the same weight as those 20 to 30 years ago did, even at the same levels of food intake and exercise. The authors examined the dietary data of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008 and the physical activity data of 14,419 people between 1988 and 2006. They grouped the data sets together by the amount of food and activity, age, and BMI.

They found a very surprising correlation: A given person, in 2006, eating the same amount of calories, taking in the same quantities of macronutrients like protein and fat, and exercising the same amount as a person of the same age did in 1988 would have a BMI that was about 2.3 points higher. In other words, people today are about 10 percent heavier than people were in the 1980s, even if they follow the exact same diet and exercise plans.

Submission + - Canadian Music Industry Faces Competition Complaint Over Public Domain Records (michaelgeist.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: A Canadian record label specializing in public domain releases has filed a complaint with the Competition Tribunal over alleged anti-competitive conduct by Universal, Sony, and host of other music industry leaders. The complaint tells a fascinating behind-the-scenes tale, with the recording industry doing everything in its powers — including posting false reviews, pressuring distributors, and lobbying for changes to the law — to stop the sale of competing public domain records.

Submission + - US Government detained Laura Poitras every time she flew .. (techdirt.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Since the 2006 release of “My Country, My Country,” Poitras has left and re-entered the U.S. roughly 40 times. Virtually every time during that six-year-period that she has returned to the U.S., her plane has been met by DHS agents who stand at the airplane door or tarmac and inspect the passports of every de-planing passenger until they find her (on the handful of occasions where they did not meet her at the plane, agents were called when she arrived at immigration).

Each time, they detain her, and then interrogate her at length about where she went and with whom she met or spoke. They have exhibited a particular interest in finding out for whom she works.

Comment Re:What are natural flavors, really? (Score 1) 163

Artificial colors and flavors have little to do with "flavor-ant that has been isolated and extracted (with chemical processes and solvents in most cases) starting with a natural source and the same chemical that has been produced with a chemical process starting with purified raw ingredients". Most are carcinogens or hormonal disruptors.

The dose makes the poison. Water can be toxic if consumed in large quantities. Mercury can be harmless or highly toxic depending on which type of molecule you ingest and in what quantity.

Red #40 is harmless in the quantities used. Hint: that box of Froot Loops has less than a drop in it. But I would not want to drink a pint of the stuff.

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